A funky abstract strategy game that uses the amazing Android universe by @fantasyflightgames
as a thematic skin. Full Disclosure: I only picked this up because it has seemingly been overprinted and was available for only £11.
But this is a neat little game. It’s similar to Dots and Boxes – if you ever played that on dotted paper as a kid? Players are trying to place partitions, to close off areas of the board. They want to close off areas around their own ‘access points’ – little player markers, and will score based on the size of the area. The partitions are these bright blue plastic rods, which slot into the cool 3D plastic board. The rules are quick and simple and players choose from a row of 4 available moves that appear from the generic programme deck. These can be stuff like place 2 partitions, move 1 partition, swap two access points, place an access point.
The thing that strikes me most about the game, is just how easy it is to disrupt your opponent. None of the pieces are truly ‘yours’ and everything on the board can be quite easily moved or manipulated. This makes for a very tactical back and forth, and I can imagine it’s quite chaotic at 3 or 4 players.
Plays choose a runner at the beginning of the game and each comes with 5 special programme cards to use over the course of the game – with 2 chosen at random to not be included. This is cool, because it’s a small enough number of cards for experienced players to know what runners could conceivably do, but there’s still the element of unknown and hidden information. With 6 runners to choose from and different matchups to explore the replayability is quite high